Ariel Gore is a journalist, memoirist, novelist, nonfiction author, and teacher. She is the founding editor/publisher of Hip Mama, an Alternative Press Award-winning publication covering the culture and politics of motherhood. The topics of her work include women and happiness, creativity,the politics of parenting, caregiving, feminism and queer culture, and narcissistic mothers. She currently lives in Santa Fe.
Wryly riffing on feminist literary tropes, We Were Witches documents the survival of a demonized single mother, Ariel. She’s beset by custody disputes, homophobia, and America’s ever-present obsession with shaming strange women into passive citizenship. Buying into the dream that education is the road out of poverty, Ariel takes a chance on bettering herself, gets on welfare rolls, and talks her way into college. But once she’s there, phallocratic narratives permeate every subject, and creative writing professors depend heavily on Freytag’s pyramid to analyze life. So Ariel turns to a rich subcultural canon of resistance and failure, populated by writers like Audre Lorde, Adrienne Rich, Gloria Anzaldúa, Tillie Olsen, and Kathy Acker.
Miriam Sagan is a poet, as well as an essayist, memoirist and teacher. She is the author of over twenty-five books, and lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She is a founding member of the collaborative press Tres Chicas Books and founded and directs the creative writing program at Santa Fe Community College. Her blog is Miriam's Well.